This is from Kristine Clark Ag Board Chair, she read this to the congregation on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
As you may know, we are having a change in our pastoral leadership. Pastor Bryan and Cindy will be transitioning to a new church.
It is always a bitter/sweet time in the life of the church. When one family is leaving, friendships are disrupted right along side of a new family to get to know and new relationships to build. I want to thank Pastor Bryan and Cindy for the devotion, guidance and friendship they have offered up over the past 5 years.
At this time, I am happy to announce our new pastor, Pastor Jennifer Zach who will be joining us July 5th.
Pastor Jennifer is currently an associate pastor at Grace UMC in Hanover.
She is very energetic, organized and just an amazing person. Jennifer is looking forward to her pastoral responsibilities and the journey that is ahead of all of us at Christ Church and the community. Her introduction letter is attached. (below)
In closing, please join with me in preparing to welcome our new pastor, Pastor Jennifer and her husband Brian on July 5th.
Please pray with me, Thank you for the leadership and guidance you have provided with Pastor Bryan. We know that you are always ahead of us preparing the way. We come to you with thankful hearts. Help us Lord, to prepare our hearts and minds for the journey ahead.
It is in your precious name we pray, Amen
Here is Pastor Jennifer's letter:
Greetings, Christ Church Jacobus!
I look forward to July 1st when our journey together will begin. In the meantime, a little bit about your new pastor…
I was born and raised in western Pennsylvania- Indiana County. I met my (now) husband, Brian, at The Indiana University of PA. We ended up moving to this side of the state after he graduated college. I finished my Bachelor’s degree at York College of PA, and then moved on to graduate school; earning a Master’s degree in Organizational Development & Leadership from Shippensburg University, and then a Master’s degree in Low Vision Rehabilitation from Salus University. I am currently enrolled at the West Virginia UMC Extension School pursuing seminary classes via Course of Study Program. I have spent most of my working life in the human services field, which has been an excellent preparation for ministry. My work in low vision rehab is not much different than how I view ministry. Simply stated- it is our responsibility as Christians, to help people get from one place to another. As a therapist, it was my job to help people get from where they were to where they want to be. I provided the tools, the training, the skills, and the encouragement, so they could decide to accept that new way of life. A very wise pastor once told me, “there is a better way to live”. And friends, that’s what we are here for- to point people in that direction- there is a better way- through the blood of Jesus Christ.
I love most things movement, including spending time exercising, hiking, jogging, cleaning, and organizing. Similarly, this love of movement extends into my pastoral work and how I view the local church & congregation. Is our movement intentional and what are we moving towards? As your new pastor this is what I hope that we, as the Body of Christ, can identify and place all our energies and efforts into using our local congregation as the Body consistently moving towards becoming more and more the image of Christ. When we are intentional about moving towards becoming the image of Christ, all other avenues open; deeper worship, more mature relationships, increased effectiveness in service and proclamation, among other vital activities that sustain a healthy local church.
Moving on to a little bit about my family. As I mentioned, my husband Brian. We have been married for 14 years. He is a teacher and has a gift for working with wayward teens. We have been blessed with two beautiful dogs to care for. One we had to put down because of cancer, and now we have Bella, our beautiful rescue! She is a bundle of joy and energy. She also loves being at church! We enjoy spending time outdoors with her, going camping, and spending quiet evenings on our back porch around the firepit.
New friends, if I might leave you with these words of the Apostle Paul “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). How powerful this is- that we share in the death and the resurrection of Christ. And yet, the focus of Christianity is not on dying, but on living. We have the privilege to point others towards this life- a better way to live.
In Christ, Pastor Jennifer Zack